Helping Save Life Of Joel Castillo

Helping Save Life Of Joel Castillo

Acute Myeloid Leukemia patient from the Philippines seeks help – Only 30 percent of patients who need a bone marrow transplant have a matching donor in their families (Thanks God we have a MATCHED DONOR IN THE FAMILY!). The remaining 70 percent must hope that a compatible stranger can be found using the national registry.

Only 2 percent of population is on the national registry.

A significant number of those on the national bone marrow registry cannot be located or will not donate when asked to do so.  The percentages of donors who are available and willing are:  65 for Caucasians; 47 percent for Hispanics; 44 percent for Asians; 34 percent for African-Americans.

At least 1,000 people die each year because they cannot find a matching donor.

70 percent of marrow donations use peripheral blood stem cell apheresis.

30 percent of marrow donations use the traditional method of putting a needle in your hip.

Donating bone marrow is safe:  More than 35,000 people have donated bone marrow to a stranger without a single donor death.

[Data gathered by the Institute for Justice]


Help a Leukemia Patient Subic Bay Philippines

All of us had been there in that familiar place where life challenges us. These challenges may come in many shapes and sizes and in our case the burden seems unbearable. Who would have thought that one day you’re stronger than a bull but next morning you woke up sick? Life’s indeed full of surprises huh, but what matters most is how we are going face this ultimate challenge God has given us. More details

For us, it is challenge accepted. We looked at it in a different perspective. We believe that He is using us to become an inspiration to others. This is the reason why He gave us this cross to carry. He wants us to show others how to face problems together and to show others how HOPE, LOVE and FAITH can solve anything.

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, AML, is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Our dear love one is currently fighting against AML. He is that kind of person who loves unconditionally, who gives without asking anything in return, and who helps without expecting a payback. There is incredible joy in making others happy, despite our own situations; he is that kind of person.

I run out of words to describe how good this person is so instead let me share you this video, .

As an Acute myeloid leukemia patient seeking help, we are in one with Joel Castillo’s fight. We knock on your hearts as we look for AB+ blood donors/financial assistance/prayers and any form of help. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy. Donate a blood. Be a hero and save a life. Read more

You can also help through our fundraising, check for more details.

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Look more at this site

Joel Castillo’s Arduous Trek to Regaining Health

Many were shocked to learn that Joel Castillo, a close friend and associate, has been diagnosed with leukemia, a type of cancer which affects the blood. A resident of Sto. Tomas, Zambales, he is in need of Ab+ blood for his coming bone marrow operation. Having lost his good health for several months now, he remains hopeful and looks forward to reclaiming his good health by God’s grace.

The value of anything we own or enjoy in life becomes more pronounced not just when we lose it but when we realize we can still function without it and have the greater opportunity to see the loss as a bridge toward a new and more exciting avenue we have never walked before. Blind people are known to compensate their lack of vision by their acuity in other senses, such as touch, hearing and smelling. Hence, many of them learn to become good masseurs, singers and musicians.

In others, the loss may be temporary as in the case of an athlete who fails so many times but uses those failures – no , those moments of intense training – to gain greater self-confidence and the added ability to finally gain the gold medal.

Health is one aspect of human life that causes us so much anxiety and concern, in most cases. Losing the ability to live life to the fullest because of illness can bring many of us into fits of despair and helplessness – even hopelessness, at times. Yet, many have accepted the reality of such moments as gifts for attaining personal growth and greater commitment to our Giver of Life. Hence, people with various physiological challenges form groups or clubs to raise awareness for their ailments and raise funds for the care of people with the same conditions.

Today, one of the best spokespersons for Parkinson’s Disease is the Hollywood actor, Michael J. Fox, himself a victim for many years now. Since he acquired the illness, he was ceased making movies and uses much of his time speaking in favour of people who have it and for raising awareness of the needs of such patients. Like many who suffer from physical challenges, Michael waits for the time he can have a second chance to bring his past “back to the future”, so to speak.

Second chances are not limited to having only one single choice but many at times. We have had friends who shifted to many courses in college until they finally finished one even after many years. Or friends who changed jobs until they came upon what they really loved doing, being an artist, a farmer or a photographer.

For Joel Castillo, his choice at the moment is simply to go back to doing what he loves doing, which is to be with his family and friends reaching out to the less fortunate in his community and other neighboring communities in Zambales ( (Please see the video that Joel helped produce for APO at this link. — Joel has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and is now in the process of undergoing a bone marrow operation.

In his own words, he expresses that second chance he would love to have to continue walking the path of meaningful service to others together with his loved ones and close friends:

Life is so short ‘ika nga! So I will take the opportunity to share one of the good community services and last few activities I was able to participate in before I found out I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We tried so hard to finish the video, and at last here it is. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to come, see and join you Bros and Sis on our other projects in the FUTURE. So please help me… I might not be able to climb the hills yet, or walk on couple of rivers just to get to our destination, for sure I will be there! It runs in my blood, same as yours… May we always be!

One can only imagine the pain and anxiety Joel feels going through life at this stage. But he is fully aware of what hope and prayers can do to anyone who has enough faith to take as much from life as possible and to give back to others as much as possible in return, no matter what the conditions are. His many second chances include not merely continuing the good work he has done for the community but also his God-given role as a husband, father and brother to his extended family relations. And to be the generous and adventurous friend he is to his fraternity mates at Alpha Phi Omega. And add to that still his other prime role as partner-in-business, not only in life, his diligent and caring wife of many years.

Joel’s vision of a better life for others remains even if his condition is not something anyone would want to have. He needs our prayers and our help to recover his health and to take hold of whatever second chances he can catch in the future. His wife, his relatives and his friends have started a Leukemia awareness campaign as well as a fundraising campaign to raise financial assistance ( for Joel’s bone marrow/stem cell transplant ( operation. He also needs Ab+ blood for his blood transfusions, not to mention your prayers for his full recovery.

We appeal then on behalf of Joel Castillo: Please donate blood. Be a hero and save a life.

Giving something could be your opportunity to give someone that much needed second chance. It is one concrete way to let love, faith and hope reign in our lives.

Help save a life, donate AB+, be a donor help save a cancer patients

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), also known as acute myelogenous leukemia or acute no lymphocytic leukemia (ANLL), is a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow and interfere with the production of normal blood cells. AML is the most common acute leukemia affecting adults, and its incidence increases with age. Although AML is a relatively rare disease, accounting for approximately 1.2% of cancer deaths in the United States, its incidence is expected to increase as the population ages.

The symptoms of AML are caused by replacement of normal bone marrow with leukemic cells, which causes a drop in red blood cells, platelets, and normal white blood cells. These symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, easy bruising and bleeding, and increased risk of infection. Several risk factors and chromosomal abnormalities have been identified, but the specific cause is not clear. As an acute leukemia, AML progresses rapidly and is typically fatal within weeks or months if left untreated.


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Life is so short ika nga! So I will take d’ opportunity to share one of the good community service and last few activities I was able to participate before I found out I have Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We tried so hard to finish the video, and at last here it is. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to come, see and join you Bros and Sis on our other projects in the FUTURE. So please help me… I might not be able to climb the hills yet, or walk on couple of rivers just to get to our destination; for sure I will be there! It runs on my blood, same as yours… May we always be! We need AB+ blood donors/financial assistance/prayers and others…

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